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It's Duck Week here at #BenInNature ...

It's Duck Week here at #BenInNature, and today we're looking at Mareca strepera, better known as the gadwall! Gadwall aren't the most showy ducks, and it's easy for someone who doesn't know their ducks very well (like me) to mistake it for a female mallard. However, the male gadwall's black bill and black rump patch help make it easier to identify. You'll often find gadwall in pairs because they select their mates as early as late fall. Unless you're on the coast, you won't find gadwall year-round in Virginia; they're winter visitors. Look for them in reservoirs, ponds, and even city parks and sewage lagoons. Check back tomorrow for more ducks! ABOUT #BenInNature Social distancing can be difficult, but it presents a ...

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As the state museum of natural history, the Virginia Museum of Natural History has award-winning permanent and travelling exhibits.

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